DESIGN BY DAEDAL. The problem with Victorian-era homes is that, in today's design perspective, they lack contrast in variations between various parts and surfaces, causing all of the pieces to blend together, producing a dismal environment. As a result, these old buildings tend to be very dark inside.
One reason why old houses can be dark is because there were no energy codes back then. Building owners had freedom in what materials they used as long as it was "solid" and had been "hewn" (cut). This means that even if a house was built using glass, wood, or metal, it would still be dark since they were just layers of wood, glass, or metal on top of the other. In fact, many early houses were completely windowless except for small openings for doors and windows.
During World War II, when gas prices rose, more and more people started using coal instead. Since coal burns hot, it gives off a large amount of heat which needs to be released otherwise the room will be too warm. So architects came up with another solution: air conditioning. In 1950, an engineer named Willis Haviland Carrier invented a machine that could produce refrigeration gases like nitrogen trifluoride and hydrocarbon fluorides. These chemicals destroy harmful bacteria and viruses without damaging any other kind of organism.
The high ceilings of Victorian homes, like other design elements, were used to demonstrate affluence to guests. High ceilings created a dramatic contrast to the low-ceilinged cottages and homes associated with more basic abodes, creating a large setting. They also allowed for more lighting, which was expensive at the time.
High ceilings are not unique to Victorian architecture. Many modern buildings feature ceilings that are at least 10 feet tall, and some reach up to 40 or 50 feet.
In general, ceilings in older homes are higher than those in newer ones. This is because builders before code requirements became strict about fire safety practices used thicker wood and larger beams in their construction projects. The weight of the roof and the cost of building materials made size important!
Thickness of floorboards may also affect how high a ceiling looks. If the floorboards are hardwood, they will be much thicker than those made from linoleum or carpet. Hardwood floors are also darker in color, so they won't reflect light as well and can look like they're floating above the ground.
Ceilings in apartments tend to be lower yet again. This is because landlords don't want tenants to spend money on improvements to the property, so they usually just install thin walls and no insulation. Warm air rises, so these spaces feel hotter during summer months and colder in winter.
The porch was situated under the roof, the wall surfaces were plain—shingles or stucco were preferred—with wide windows, and chimneys were kept short. Interiors in Craftsman style homes frequently have beautiful woodworking elements, such as this inglenook. In general, these houses had simple designs with warm colors, including red, brown, and yellow. Ceilings were usually low to let in as much light as possible, and doors and windows were often framed in white paint.
During its period of popularity from about 1890 to 1920, many different builders used various styles of architecture to produce their own version of a Craftsman house. However, they all contained the same basic components: natural wood exterior walls with synthetic sheathing (now called siding) on the outside and insulated concrete forms (ICFs) on the inside; wood flooring; and glass block or wooden windows with metal frames. The term "Craftsman" was first used by Richard J. Wharton in his book The American Builder, published in 1892. He described the style as "the best building for country residences."
Over the years, several changes have been made to the original design of the Craftsman house. For example, the garage was originally located out back, but later it was moved to the side of the house. Today's garages are generally smaller than those found in other styles of homes.